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Four friends are debuting a passion project this weekend that could eventually grow into something much bigger. But first, they’re starting with breakfast. Dot’s Spot is popping up this Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at BKK Cookshop in Shaw. The menu consists of nostalgic breakfast food co-founder Drew Porterfield grew up eating at his great aunt Dorothy’s beach house in North Carolina.
Porterfield has partnered with Ralph Brabham, with whom he co-owns Beau Thai and BKK Cookshop, plus Rappahannock Oyster Bar’s Jean Paul Sabatier and Greg Kakaletris,whose resume includes 2 Birds 1 Stone, Estadio, and the W Hotel Washington.
“One idea we’ve talked about for a long time was playing off our Southern roots,” Brabham says. He’s also from North Carolina. “We want to do something different for the D.C. scene—serve home-made, Southern comfort food.”
They’re taking the breakfast treats they remember scarfing down on lazy beach day mornings and elevating them just enough to be “restaurant-worthy,” Brabham says.
For example, instead of making “sausage balls” with Bisquick, Jimmy Dean sausage, and Kraft cheese, Dot’s Spot will make their own dough and employ Neese’s sausage from Brabham’s hometown of Greensboro. Sausage balls, he explains, are “savory little bites of deliciousness that can be eaten like popcorn.” (See Saturday’s full menu below.)
Beverages are built around a citrus bar where fruit will be juiced to order. Patrons can choose to add bubbly or booze (vodka or bourbon) or opt for lemonade or limeade. While breakfast food operations will shut down at noon, the plan is to keep the citrus bar going until 3 p.m.
The citrus bar will be set up on the patio, where diners will also place food orders before finding seats outside or inside.
Brabham says if there’s enough demand in June, they’ll continue the weekend breakfast pop-up through the summer. As far as longer term goals, the team is calling this a test run. “If it’s well received, we’ll be looking at a permanent home,” Brabham says, adding that the restaurant would likely serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Dot’s Spot motto is “good, honest, clean living,” which is borrowed by the restaurant’s namesake matriarch, Dorothy. “She’s still alive in her nineties,” Brabham says, noting that she’s a heavy smoker and a heavy social drinker. “The tagline is tongue and cheek,” he continues. “We’re definitely not a health food restaurant.”
Sweet Coffee Cake $6
Monkey Bread $6
Savory Sausage Balls $6
Ham Delights $7
Egg Casserole* $9
*accompanied by a green salad
Side salad $4
Hot Coffee $3
Chicory Cold Brew $3
Orange, Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Lemon, Lime $4
Make it an -ade $5
With Cava $10
With Vodka or Bourbon $10
Fresh Bloody Mary $10
Make it a fresh Shandy or Radler $8
Spirits with a mixer $10
Diet Coke $3
Dot’s Spot, 1700 New Jersey Ave. NW; facebook.com/dotsspotdc